P161 Teletext 161 Nov13 21:07:11    ————————————————  —————————————————— TB OR N/T TB? Could we be risking our children's health by taking them to zoos? According to Diane Westwood, director of The Captive Animals' Protection Society, we are. And not only do we risk their wellbeing, but the well- being of the animals on display. She tells Green Scene: "In my opinion zoos are health hazards and are irresponsibly ignoring the dangers." ——————————————————————————————————1/7—— by Bernadette Carroll WIN A TRIP TO LAPLAND p465 Bob Langley Kids' Corner Food TV
P161 Teletext 161 Nov13 21:07:00    ————————————————  —————————————————— TB OR N/T TB? Concerned Diane Westwood recently visited a zoo in the UK where she was "appalled" to see a 'meet the elephants' session being held next to a children's play area and snack bar. "After feeding one of the elephants with pieces of carrot, children then went to play or eat their lunch. "They were not told to wash their hands," she claims, adding: "They could have picked up anything!" ——————————————————————————————————2/7—— Don't get Bamboozled! 152 GREEN TV TODAY AND TOMORROW p165 Bob Langley Kids' Corner Food TV
P161 Teletext 161 Nov13 21:07:08    ————————————————  —————————————————— TB OR N/T TB? In 1996 two American circus elephants died from mycobacterium tuberculosis - the same strain that affects humans, claims Diane Westwood from The Captive Animals' Protection League. "Their trainer skin-tested positive for TB. Who knows? The trainer could have passed the infection on, or he may have contracted it from the elephants. "TB is an airborne disease - contact does not have to be made to catch it." ——————————————————————————————————3/7—— Family Fun 443 Family Finance 540 GREEN EVENTS p165 Bob Langley Kids' Corner Food TV
P161 Teletext 161 Nov13 21:00:07    ————————————————  —————————————————— TB OR NOT TB? Despite the very real risks, elephants in UK zoos are not tested for tuberculosis, says Diane Westwood from The Captive Animals Protection Societ9. "I do not want to be a scaremonger, but animals and their keepers should be tested. Early detection would allow the animals to be treated quicker. "In addition I feel it's important that the public knows the fears so they can make up their own minds." ——————————————————————————————————4/7—— Love Stars 418 Big Screen 460 FULL GREEN SCENE INDEX p160 Bob Langley Kids' Corner Food TV
P161 Teletext 161 Nov13 21:11:05    ————————————————  —————————————————— TB OR NOT TB? Nick Ellerton, curator of mammals at Chester Zoo and a member of the Federation of Zoos, says tuberculosis is "not a problem in UK zoos". He admits elephants are not tested for the potentially fatal disease, but says there is no need for alarm. "In the UK we carry out vigorous post- mortems on zoo animals and no animal has ever died from TB," he says. ——————————————————————————————————5/7—— Your Total Entertainment guide 400 PEAR AND STILTON S UP p164 Bob Langley Kids' Corner Food TV
P161 Teletext 161 Nov13 21:04:04    ————————————————  —————————————————— TB OR NOT TB? "You cannot get tuberculosis from touching a zoo animal - you're more likely to catch it on the Tube," says Nick Ellerton from the Federation of Zoos. "If we have any concern at all, it's what members of the public can transmit to animals. "Animals in zoos are in peak health - we ensure this with daily checks and so forth - but who's to say visitors are?" ——————————————————————————————————6/7—— TV Plus 110 It's Your Life 410 GREEN TV TODAY AND TOMORROW p165 Bob Langley Kids' Corner Food TV
P161 Teletext 161 Nov13 21:05:03    ————————————————  —————————————————— TB OR NOT TB? A spokesman from the Home Office tells Green Scene there is no need for zoo visitors to be alarmed by allegations of tuberculosis in zoou. He says: "We have no knowledge of TB in zoos. TB is primarily a human condition though that isn't to say animals aren't affected. "Health inspectors routinely check zoo animals, and public safety as well as animal safety is of utmost importance." ——————————————————————————————————7/7—— e-mail: greenscene@teletext.co.uk WRITE TO: GREEN SCENE, PO BOX 297, LONDON SW6 1XT. FAX:0171 386 5618 Bob Langley Kids' Corner Food TV